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Boomtown adds daiquiri bar to welcome center

BILOXI — Boomtown Casino Biloxi will convert its Welcome Center property across from Beau Rivage into Fat Tuesday at Boomtown Daiquiri Bar and Welcome Center. The Sun Herald reports the target opening date is early February. The company said Monday Fat Tuesday will offer more than 12 varieties of New Orleans-style daiquiris. The bar and outdoor patio will be equipped ...

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Hattiesburg hires counsel to handle complaint

HATTIESBURG — A long-lingering dispute between the city of Hattiesburg and commercial property owners over discontinued sewer service will go to trial in July of 2015 in Forrest County Circuit Court. The Hattiesburg American reports the city hired the Hicks Law Firm. The incident that led to a complaint filed by Bryan Saliba and Dennis Pierce dates back to July of 2006. ...

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Miss. casino revenue falls on river casino weakness

JACKSON — Mississippi casino revenue fell in November, as continued weakness at casinos along the Mississippi River outweighed gains on the Gulf Coast. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $156 million from gamblers in November, down 5 percent from $164 million in November 2013. The 12 coastal casinos won $82.8 million, up less than 1 percent from ...

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Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option

The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month. Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only the second Hyatt in Mississippi, ...

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U.S. Small Business Administration awards MDA funding for state trade and export promotion program

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the Mississippi Development Authority funding for the Mississippi State Trade and Export Promotion Program. The STEP Program allows MDA to provide financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized Mississippi companies interested in growing their business through trade. Administered by MDA’s Trade Bureau, the program helps reduce some of the financial obstacles qualifying ...

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State's casinos took in more winnings in October

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A strong performance by Mississippi’s Gulf Coast casinos boosted gambling revenue to $167 million in October. The figure bested the $165.5 million lost by gamblers in October 2013. The 11 casinos in South Mississippi showed 9 percent jump in revenue — despite the closing of the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures showed the ...

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THE NEXT CHAPTER — Wally Northway ending a ‘great ride’ chronicling Mississippi’s business stories

Greenville native Wally Northway had written a lot of songs but never a news story when he ventured into newspapering at the Mississippi Business Journal in 1997 after a career as a college administrator. A few thousand stories later, the soon-to-retire business journalist can lay claim to a career well spent. “I always felt like it was important work,” Northway ...

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Ole Miss rated best tailgate spot in the nation

Before football games at Ole Miss, one of the best parties in the South is held on 10 grassy acres shaded by dozens of hulking oak trees in the middle of campus. Under canvass tents, women in dresses and high-heeled shoes mingle with men wearing pressed khakis and starched dress shirts. The buffet tables are covered with checkered cloths and ...

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Full House marks 'topping off' of new Silver Slipper hotel

BAY ST. LOUIS — Full House Resorts is celebrating the “topping off” of its new 142-room hotel at the company’s Silver Slipper Casino property in Bay St. Louis. Community leaders, employees and investors have been invited to attend a special ceremony on-site at the property. Andre Hilliou, chairman and CEO of Full House, said, “We are on schedule to open ...

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